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Applied to Pensions, Risk Is a Four-Letter Word

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While transferring pension-plan peril is appealing, there are some precautions companies should be aware of.

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It’s Time to Take the Risk Out of Retirement

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Amidst the deluge of polls, electoral counts, and predictions for yesterday’s election, a different number was released that shows the grim state of Americans’ retirement security.

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De-Risking Focuses on Business Issues; Retirement Security a Concern, Critics Say

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After Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. announced earlier this year that they would offer some retired and former employees a one-time opportunity to take lump-sum distributions, pension rights advocates were surprised at how quickly other large employers appeared to follow suit. [PDF]

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De-Risking Focuses on Business Issues; Retirement Security a Concern, Critics Say

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After Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. announced earlier this year that they would offer some retired and former employees a one-time opportunity to take lump-sum distributions, pension rights advocates were surprised at how quickly other large employers appeared to follow suit.

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Verizon annuity deal adds to pressure on long bonds

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Others may face shortage of quality securities

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Heard Off the Street: 'De-risking' trend grows

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About 41,000 former Verizon Communications employees are the latest group of retirees who will be getting their pension checks from an insurance company instead of their former employer.

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Analysis: U.S. companies take aim at pension risk with lump-sum offers

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But by far the most common trend in corporate America is to offer lump-sum payouts to thousands of retirees now - these voluntary buyouts could cost companies millions of dollars upfront, but they eliminate the risk of obligations soaring out of control in the future.

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Nearly Half of Large Employers Shifting Retirement Saving Burden to Workers

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Boomers and younger workers don’t have much to celebrate in a new report on retirement plan trends among big employers. It shows that 80 percent of companies with more than 1,000 employees offer a defined benefit pension plan, but within five years, that will change. And not for the better.

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Unhappy Fort Worth workers should compare their pensions with corporate America's

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And some companies are exploring other ways of shedding their pension obligations. They call it "de-risking."

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AT&T Proposes Massive Dump of Company Stock Into Pension

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Brace yourselves, AT&T pensioners. If AT&T has its way, your pension fund will soon be exposed to, in my opinion, imprudent, avoidable investment risks that ERISA, the federal law governing retirement plan assets, was designed to protect against.

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